Joel Scandrett is Assistant Professor and Director of the Webber Center at Trinity School for Ministry. He lives in Edgewood with his wife Karen and their three daughters. He is the son of Methodist missionaries to Colombia, and grew up in South Dakota and Iowa. He is a graduate of Wheaton College (BA & MA), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Drew University (Ph.D.).
Joel is a lifelong student of Christian theology and doctrine, and is passionate about their importance for the life of the church. His journey into Anglicanism began under the influence of his professor, Robert E. Webber, author of Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail. Joel’s reading of the church fathers led him to prize the ancient Christian liturgical tradition, and led him to attend Episcopal/Anglican churches. While studying patristic theology in his doctoral program, Joel was confirmed and later entered the ordination process. He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Duncan in 2007 and to the priesthood a year later. He has since served several ACNA churches as non-stipendiary clergy.
During graduate school, Joel was heavily involved in the production of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, published by InterVarsity Press. This led to his hiring as an academic editor by IVP, where he worked for several years in the Chicago area before returning to teaching in 2008. He was hired by Trinity in July of 2012 to teach theology and direct Trinity’s new Robert E. Webber Center. He is thrilled to find himself a professor at Trinity and a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Joel spends his spare time playing with his daughters, reading fantasy/sci-fi novels, watching movies, and drinking good, strong coffee – not necessarily in that order. He is a lifelong fan of JRR Tolkien and teaches a Theology of Middle-Earth course at Trinity.